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Tobacco Use Prevention and Education

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable premature death and illness in the United States, including Denver. In Denver, approximately 21% of people smoke. More than 430,000 Americans die every year from tobacco-related diseases, including 4,300 in Colorado. Tobacco use killed one hundred million people in the 20th century, and if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.

Health Effects of Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is a major contributor to four of the top 10 leading causes of death in Denver:

  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Cancer.
  • Chronic lung disease.
  • Influenza/pneumonia.

Smoking and tobacco use can also cause many types of:

  • Cancers.
  • Heart disease.
  • Stroke.
  • Lung disease and
  • Damages nearly every organ in the human body.

People who don't use tobacco can also develop tobacco-related diseases by being exposed to the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Denver Public Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides information, support, resources and technical assistance services to encourage tobacco-free living, in the following areas:

News

Now Available: Health Indicator for Adult Smoking Rates in Denver

This new report from Denver Public Health offers partner organizations and community groups information about Adult Smoking Rates in Denver. The report includes data, a list of evidence-based practices, and details about work in progress to reduce smoking rates among adults in Denver.

E-Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes are becoming more and more popular, but do you know the risks in smoking them? Ryan Warner, from Colorado Public Radio, speaks with Dr. Bill Burman, former director of Denver Public Health, regarding the concerns about the safety of the devices. Listen here!

Publications

Professional Presentations

  • Smoke-Free Policy Implementation in Worksites. Angie Kogovsek, Santos Diaz, LaPhonso Salas, Theresa Mickiewicz. 2016 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference. 
  • Capacity Building for Local Geographic Information System (GIS) Surveillance for Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Disease. Tracey Richers Maruyama, Denver Public Health; Maura Proser, Tri-County Health Department. 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference. 
  • Implementing a Novel Tobacco Cessation Clinic within an Existing Healthcare Clinic: Challenges and Successes. Ava Cannon. 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference. 
  • Tobacco Metrics: the Power of Electronic Health Records. Theresa Mickiewicz, MSPH. 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference.  
  • Public Health and Affordable Housing: Partnerships to Improve Health and Quality of Life. Erica Berg. 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference.  
  • Ask, Advise & Refer: A System Change to Improve Health Equity in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). Teddy Montoya and Santos Diaz. 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference.
  • Secondhand Smoke and Children: A Media Collaborative Addresses the Disparities. Theresa Mickiewicz. 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference. 
  • Youth Advocacy in Tobacco Prevention: Passing a Tobacco Retail License Ordinance. Melisa Janiszewski. 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference. 
  • Engaging Multiunit Housing Providers Around Smoke-Free Housing Policies. Erica Berg. 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference. 
  • Smoke-Free Housing Policies in Colorado from a Federal, State and Local Level. Erica Berg. 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference. 
  • Using Data to Create Action with Visual Management Boards. Santos Diaz, Jeff Eggert, and Heather Weir. 2014 Public Health in the Rockies Annual Conference 
DPH Tobacco Team Contact

Tracey Richers Maruyama, MA

Chronic Disease Tobacco Program Manager

(303) 602-2692

Denver Public Health Tobacco Team
DPH.TobaccoTeam@dhha.org

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